Master of Strategic Studies
In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts requirements, the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies requires that all master's students complete core courses and areas of concentration courses:
a) Core Courses:
All master's students take, in any sequence, the following three core area courses:
All master's students will also take the following course in the Fall Block Week preceding their first term:
MSS students in the thesis stream are required to present their supervisor with a formal thesis proposal normally no later than the end of their second term (usually, the end of the Winter Term of their first year for students entering the program in the thesis stream; for students transferring from the course-based stream, where at all possible the same general timeline should apply).
b) Areas of Concentration:
In addition to the core courses in (a), thesis-based students must complete 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents); course-based students must complete 27 units (4.5 full-course equivalents); and course-based Co-operative Education students must complete 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents) from the courses listed below. With the approval of the Graduate Program Director, any graduate course pertinent to the student's studies may be taken. Consult the Program website (cmss.ucalgary.ca/node/1935) for a list of other recommended graduate courses. Courses can be completed in any sequence.
(1) Arctic Security
Strategic Studies 662 Advanced Studies in Canadian Arctic Security
(2) Canadian Military Studies
Strategic Studies 609 Canadian Military and the Second World War
Strategic Studies 611 Canadian Military Studies
Strategic Studies 613 Canada and the First World War
(3) U.S. Security Policy
Political Science 633 U.S. Security Policy
(4) Domestic Security/Hemispheric Security
(5) Ethics and Morality in Conflict
Political Science 619 War and Interpretation
Political Science 684 Human Rights and Humanitarianism
(6) Intelligence and Security
Strategic Studies 657 Intelligence, Information Operations and Command, Control, Communications and Computers
(7) Military Anthropology
Anthropology 641 Graduate Seminar in Civil Military Relations
(8) Sea Power
Strategic Studies 659 Sea Power
(9) Unconventional Warfare
Political Science 689 Unconventional Warfare
Political Science 675 Special Topics in Comparative Politics
(10) Causes of War
Strategic Studies 663 War – Causes and Aftermath
(11) Military History
History 637 Topics in Military History
(12) Special Topics in Military and Strategic Studies
Strategic Studies 649 Special Topics in Military and Strategic Studies
(13) With the approval of the Graduate Director, thesis-based students may take 3 units (0.5
full-course equivalent) from the following and either course-based students or course-based students with Co-operative Education may take one or more courses from the following:
Strategic Studies 651 Reading Seminar I
Strategic Studies 653 Research Seminar I
c) Co-operative Education: The Co-operative Education option is only available as part of the course-based MSS program. Students will complete an 8-month work placement during their second year, which will replace three other non-core courses. Thesis-based MSS students will be permitted to transfer to the course-based co-operative education option during their first year of study. For further information interested students should contact the CMSS faculty co-operative education advisor or the Centre website.
Doctor of Philosophy
a) Course Work:
Each student must normally take 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents) including three core courses:
All PhD students will also take the following course in the Block Week preceding their first term:
Strategic Studies 603 Military and Strategic Studies: Questions and Methods
For candidacy examinations, students will have two major fields of study. One of these will be strategic studies and the other the dissertation area. Students will be required to take at least 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) in each field, namely Political Science 685 and an appropriate elective.
b) Written and oral candidacy examination.
c) Doctoral thesis proposal.
d) Written doctoral thesis.
e) Oral thesis defence.